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Our Trustee Board is made up of people with a wide range of skills and experience. Several of our Trustees have personal experience of liver disease; others have worked in related fields and/or have skills essential for the British Liver Trust. We are currently seeking a Trustee with specific responsibility for fundraising. For an initial discussion about this role please contact Andrew Langford, Chief Executive, on 01425 481320 or email

Wim Bushell – Chairman

W Wim has worked in the City of London since 1974 as a broker at Lloyd’s of London, at Greig Fester, then Morgan Read & Coleman as an Executive Director before selling the business to Arthur J Gallagher International in 1996, where Wim has had various roles in the organisation, including CEO of reinsurance and now Deputy Chairman of Arthur J Gallagher.  Wim is also governor of two schools, one in the independent sector, the other is a state school in the East End of London.

Martin Newlan – Treasurer

Martin trained as an articled clerk with a city firm of accountants before becoming a management trainee with a West Midlands engineering firm, progressing to chief accountant with a Kent-based subsidiary. In the early 1970s he established a plastics manufacturing business, serving initially as Finance Director and ultimately as Managing Director. The business became a leading manufacturer of drug delivery devices and pharmaceutical packaging. In 2002 he joined Cumberland Lodge, an education charity and unique conference centre in the heart of the Great Park, Windsor, and is currently their Deputy Principal and Bursar. His charitable interests include serving as treasurer of Caterham School for 20 years and volunteering extensively with St John Ambulance. Martin is married to Julia and they have three children.

Charles Hicks

Charles is a partner in the leading English law firm Wedlake Bell, where he has cared for the business of private clients for the past 30 years. In the 90s, focusing on the problems of Lloyd’s membership, he advised in excess of 1,000 clients over time and acted for four action groups.Charles was educated at Marlborough College and graduated from Clare College, Cambridge. He joined Wedlake Bell in 1968 and became a Partner in 1975. He holds numerous Trustee positions, is a director of the not-for profit UK Wolf Conservation Trust and is Secretary of the Society of Honorary Ward Clerks in the City of London.Charles is also General Commissioner of Taxes and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Charity Section.

Professor Humphrey J F Hodgson

Professor Humphrey Hodgson graduated from Oxford University in 1966 and has been the Sheila Sherlock Professor of Medicine at the Royal Free and University College, School of Medicine and Director of the Royal Free’s Centre for Hepatology since 1999. He has also been Vice-Dean and Campus Director at the Royal Free since 2000. Humphrey has also published numerous research papers relating to many aspects of liver disease.

Brian Gunson

Brian joined Munro and Forster Communications in 1990 and has been Chairman since 2002. A leading public relations and communications consultancy, Munro and Forster specialises in health, wellbeing and medical education. A graduate of Birmingham University with a BSc. in Biochemistry, Brian’s experience in health care spans thirty years and includes the pharmaceutical industry, the NHS, medical charities and consultancy. From 1996 to 2003, Brian was a trustee of the Patients Association, and took on the roles of Vice Chairman and Acting Chairman. In 1999 he was appointed lay member of a Primary Care Group and in 2001 became a non-executive director of a Primary Care Trust. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Forum Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, a lay member of the PHLS (HPA)/NBA Hepatitis C Registry and is also a trustee of Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere).

Lynda Waters

Lynda is a market research consultant.  She founded her consultancy in 2001, prior to which she held many senior positions in the market research and advertising industries.  These included directorships at top international advertising agencies based in Hong Kong and managing director positions in UK market research companies.  She has served on several committees of the Market Research Society.  Lynda has a keen interest in nutritional and other complementary medicine, in which she has trained, as an adjunct to mainstream medicine.  She has direct experience of liver disease within her family.

 Sophie Robinson

N Sophie has over eight years’ experience working in PR and communications for third sector organisations, including four years within the communications team at the Big Lottery Fund. Most recently she was senior media officer at the housing charity Shelter, delivering social media and PR campaigns and is currently PR officer at the National Housing Federation.  Sophie is personally affected by a rare liver disease called PSC and also has a history of liver disease in her family.